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Finbars Italian Kitchen - Seal Beach

16 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

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Casual Atmosphere, Large dinning rooms with cozy booths, candelight lounge, bar, and a private room for banquets and parties. .
Traditional italian recipies with a little west coast flair. The menu offers a wide selection of Salads,Pastas, Pizzas,Salmon, Chicken or Steak.
Please view full menu on www.finbars.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Lunch/Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
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Phone number
(562) 460-4303
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Reynaldo Carillo
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Private party facilities
Private Dining available. Includes one very private dining room up to 34 seating capacity. 2 other available rooms. Please visit location for viewing.
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Private party contact
Joe Feraro or Jon Larson : (877) 217-9541
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Catering Menu which offers many food selections. Menus on-site and on the website.
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Cross street
5th @ Marina
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Parking details
Bay City Center Parking open to the public.
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Public transit
Bus Stop in front of the restaurant at 620 Pacific Coast Highway.
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Monday night football
Wednesday Karaoke 7-11
Thursday Sarah on Quitar 7-9P.M.
Friday and Saturday live classic rock bands with dancing area. 8:30-11
Sunday Football (NFLpackage all day)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7based on all time ratings
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3.0Dined on December 19, 2012

Service was slow for both wine and food

3.0Dined on December 1, 2012

We had a Groupon so decided to go to Finbars on a Saturday night. We planned to have a leisurely dinner so ordered the calamari appetizer for starters & the eggplant parmesan and the "two in a bowl" fettuccine for later. The calamari is very good and although only half of the appetizer had been eaten our two main courses arrived at the table; so much for a leisurely meal. We complained to the waitress who reported our complaint to the manager. He was nice enough to apologize to us for the issue. If you want to eat FAST, go to Finbars. Oh, the eggplant and pasta were both delicious. If you want a nice meal and want to spend a little more time eating it, it is suggested you alert the wait staff or you will be in and out in 25 minutes.

4.0Dined on November 17, 2012

The facility was clean and bright; the noise level a little high for my taste - perhaps the addition of soft, sound absorbing material in the decor would be good. The meat sauce I had on pasta was very good, and the sausage I added was excellent. My guest had the shrimp scampi, and was pleased with the preparation in olive oil rather than butter, as she is lactose intolerant. The garden salad with Italian dressing was simple, but adequate. the service was excellent, including the clean-up and replacement of a glass of spilled wine (my bad). Will definitely return and am happy to recommend this as a quality, neighborhood restaurant.

2.0Dined on November 4, 2012

Older crowd. Good for food and a football game

3.0Dined on November 3, 2012

The menu is extensive. If you can't find something you like on this menu then you sure are a picky eater. I had the penne arabbiatta with a meatball. The sauce was very good but the large meatball was nothing special. I should have gone with the sausage. My wife had the two pastas in a bowl. She thought it was quite good. The portions are good but the prices seem a bit high for pasta dishes. Oh, the calamari appetizer with two different dipping sauces was very good. Next visit I might have that as my main course.

5.0Dined on October 28, 2012

The food is really good, the staff are friendly & service is excellent. Will come back again & again.

5.0Dined on September 8, 2012

We had a family gathering of 14 people and Finbars sat us at their back room. This allowed us to have privacy...and...screaming kids. In addition, our waitress was amazing as well as the food. We live in Pismo Beach and Finbars will become our traditional family gathering whenever we visit again.

Thank you,

5.0Dined on August 18, 2012

excellent food and menu options. we had the specials and they split portions for 2 people in our party with no charges. we shared a bottle of wine which was excellent. the service was prompt and attentive and the server was knowledgable about the menu and the wine. we were there on a sat night and it was a little noisy with the band in the bar for conversation but not that bad at all. overall excellent and we'd go there again for sure.

2.0Dined on August 15, 2012

The food was fair at best, the best item was the salad dressing. The pizza was soggy and both soups I tried were oversalted. The majority of the desserts seem purchased from Sysco or the like.

3.0Dined on July 1, 2012

Kind of tired. But, good authentic Italian.

1.0Dined on June 30, 2012

I had not dined at Finbar's for over a year and decided to visit this past weekend. The noise level was very loud as their were many families present. It is apparently very child friendly as many children were actively yelling and running around. My food was just okay. A key ingredient (pine nuts) were left out of it. I attempted to locate my server to bring this to his attention, but could not find him for 15 minutes and then had to wave him over. I was finished w/ the dish at this point and he offered to give me "a bag of pine nuts to enjoy later". We were offered some cheesecake to go, but since we were going out to a movie after dinner and it was 80 degrees outside, we said no thank you. I doubt we will ever return.

5.0Dined on June 2, 2012

great place, wait staff was attentive and extremely's good, too!

3.0Dined on June 1, 2012

the phone number you have listed on Open Table for Finbar's is wrong. The number is 562-430-4303. Thanks

4.0Dined on May 13, 2012

We had a family lunch at this restaurant on Mother's Day. The food and service was excellent. I would definitely dine there again.

2.0Dined on April 14, 2012

Finbars used to be one of my favorites. Unfortunately, I have to say it's become an overpriced Olive Garden.

4.0Dined on April 7, 2012

FInbars is a beautiful, authentic Italian Restaurant. The staff was courteous, helpful and my drink never went dry. My only issue was their price. While the food was excellent, it is not for the casual diner. I was OK with the price this time as it was my anniversary. The nicest touch was the Manager coming around to make sure our meal was good. He was personable & made an effort to interact with everyone. I will come back, however not to often due to the price.